PM Modi’s high flying numbers: 33 hours on plane in four-day trip

Prime Minister Narendra Modi prefers to sleep on flights instead of staying in hotels if there are no engagements the next day in that country thus saving valuable time

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 29, 2017 4:26 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s practice of clubbing nearby countries in a region on a foreign tour to ensure maximum outreach is quite well known now. Instead of individual visits to countries, multi-nation tours are the flavour of the season with engagements packed one after the other.

After PM Modi was criticised for his extensive foreign tours in the first year (eight countries in 2014 alone), it seems the PMO, under the direction of the Prime Minister, has made amends to save time on foreign visits. The Prime Minister, it seems, prefers to sleep on the plane instead of staying at a hotel if there are no engagements the next day in that country thus saving valuable time. In 2016, on his tour of Saudi Arabia, US and Belgium, PM Modi is reported to have slept two nights in the plane travelling from one country to the other instead of pitching at a hotel. Compared to former prime minister Manmohan Singh, PM Modi has covered far more ground in fewer trips in the first two years.

Now, it is being reported that the Prime Minister spent close to 33 hours on Air India One in his four-day (120 hours) trip to Portugal, US and the Netherlands. He left India at 7 am on June 24 (Saturday) for his first destination of Lisbon continuing the same evening for Washington without staying at a hotel.

Clocking around eight hours on the next flight to the US, the Prime Minister reached early Sunday morning local time. Over the next two days, he has a bunch of engagements including meetings with US President Donald Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, US CEOs and an interaction event with the Indian community in Washington. As he has no engagements in the US on the third day, PM Modi left for Amsterdam Monday night choosing to sleep on the plane for the transit.

Again in the Netherlands, in one of the shortest visits, the Prime Minister spent less than 12 hours meeting the Dutch PM Mark Rutte, Dutch CEOs and other officials of the government. He emplaned for Delhi 7 pm local time and reached New Delhi 6 am Wednesday capping four days of travel outside the country.

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    Dr.D.T.subhash
    Jun 29, 2017 at 5:27 am
    Great man. hats-off to your dedication to this country Cause. God bless you to live long.
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      ams
      Jun 29, 2017 at 1:16 am
      This is what I call bullshi$$$$$$. He prefers to sleep on plane (in first class) Awwwww!!!!! NRI PM kabhi India bhi aa jao. Stateelection ki campaigning karni hain!!!
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        Rakesh Patel
        Jun 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm
        This Man is Working hard Days and Night not just for the betterment of the the country but to bring the glory back to India which was ignored and p ered for decades in congress rule just for hanging on the throne and passing to the next in line in the family.All Indians should realize this sooner the better because country and people get the right opportunity only few time India wasted one in 1947 Now we got one let's make the most out of this and Support Our PM whole heartedly.
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          Manas Sarkar
          Jun 28, 2017 at 7:52 pm
          We get a PM, who love and thinks for the country only. Much better than any other PM we have had so far.
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            ASHOK
            Jun 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm
            Always in the air,no touch with ground reality
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              Maader
              Jun 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm
              Yeah he is worst than the aalu ki factory guy.
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                Manas Sarkar
                Jun 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm
                Wait for 5 years, u will see changes. Hard work always gives benefit.
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                dd
                Jun 28, 2017 at 6:57 pm
                Why IE is still printing news paper. Why can't they just survive on Twitter and Facebook or only online News... Stupid reporter..
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                  sree
                  Jun 28, 2017 at 6:33 pm
                  With the video technology lots of things can be achieved this 56inch guy wants to enjoy visiting all countries without any significant contribution to our cointry
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                    Maader
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm
                    The small Manmohan was much better as PM
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                      Jay
                      Jun 28, 2017 at 10:33 pm
                      Oh, yeah? So why is your Congress leader off to Europe every few months? At least the PM's schedule is transparent, well publicized, and entails the least cost to the nation. What can you say of that Congress friend of people like you? Do you know where he disappeared? What he does? What kind of costs the Indian taxpayer incurs on his several disappearing acts?
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                      Raman
                      Jun 28, 2017 at 6:06 pm
                      No doubt he maintains high energy schedule and a very thoughtful PM. He will be hard to repeat after he is gone! All the more to keep him and let him govern for another decade. Thanks PM.
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